Well, I don't know what happening on my MTL 10.8.4, but yesterday file deleting became very strange. When I press cmd+backspace dialog window with two variants is shown: Delete and Cancel. So the Delete button removes a file completely, and bin is empty then. enter image description here

So how I can fix that?

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    Are the files you were deleting on a network share?
    – tubedogg
    Aug 10 '13 at 0:49

In the terminal, enter the following:

ls ~/.Trash

If you get a response "No such file or directory", then just simply restart your Mac. If not, then type this to the terminal if you're an admin:

sudo rm -ri ~/.Trash

Follow the prompts, then restart your Mac.

Source: http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/trash.html#Anchor-Empty-49575

  • Thx, I've seen this link, but it didn't work for me. I found another solution.
    – efpies
    Aug 10 '13 at 0:54

The problem was that I suddenly haven't ~/.Trash directory

efpies@efpies-macmini:Downloads$ ls ~/.Trash
ls: /Users/efpies/.Trash: No such file or directory

So I had to recreate it

sudo mkdir ~/.Trash
sudo chown $UID ~/.Trash
sudo chmod u+rwx ~/.Trash

No logouts/restarts required.

  • You should have been able to do this as mkdir ~/.Trash if that failed you have other permissions issues with ~
    – mmmmmm
    Aug 10 '13 at 11:35

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